Motels: Season 2
The places Sam and Dean stay during each episode provide a very important backdrop to each episode. Whether they stay in a motel, squat, stay at Bobby's, or sleep in the car, we are reminded of their nomadic existence. The sets are always excellent, with wonderful attention to detail -- the work of Production Designer Jerry Wanek and Art Director John Marcynuk.
The motels in particular have become a signature of the show, with each one having a different theme, and the set detail often contains in-jokes that only the most dedicated fan will get. Jensen said of the motel rooms: "Jerry Wanek's just a crazy guy, and likes to use his talents when he gets the ability to, and the motel rooms are his passion. source."
This entry also lists places the boys travel to in each episode.
- Gimme Shelter: Motel and Inns of Supernatural: Season 2 picspam by Bellanut
|Episode||Accommodation/ Motel name||Motel Location & Other Locations||Trivia||Picture|
|2.01 In My Time of Dying||Dean and John are in the hospital. Sam is probably staying there too.||Shiloh County; Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown||Bobby's house||Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Also: Nebraska Medford, Wisconsin
|Dean is working on the Impala at Singer Salvage Yard so we can assume they are staying at Bobby's house|
|2.03 Bloodlust||Adobe Court Motel
|Red Lodge, Montana||The room has a Southwestern theme, including a cactus-shaped key holder, from which Gordon snags the keys to the Impala.
The motel exterior also used in 3.02
|2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things||The Pink Pearl Motel||Greenville, Illinois||The Urban Dictionary lists "pink pearl" as a term for the clitoris. Considering this is the episode that Sam is caught watching porn then this may not be surprising.|
|2.05 Simon Said||None||Nebraska
|2.06 No Exit||Apartment||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Jo Harvelle paid for the apartment.|
|2.07 The Usual Suspects|| City Center Motor Hotel
The Aardvark Motel
|Baltimore, Maryland||The actual City Center Motor Hotel was used as the exterior. Also seen in 3.03 and 4.07
According to Dean, if separated he and Sam would meet at the first hotel listed in the phone book. (The Aardvark)
Wall print reused in 3.07
|2.08 Crossroad Blues||The Baskerville Motel||Greenwood, Mississippi||The boys don’t stay in this hotel .
The wall fixture (light?) is used again in 2.20.
Bedding used in 1.18
|2.09 Croatoan|| Unnamed motel
And then Rivergrove, Oregon (fictional)
|Prop re-use: Bedding from 1.10, 1.11, and 2.20|
|2.10 Hunted|| The Velvet Inn
The Blue Rose Motel
| Lafayette, Indiana
and then Peoria, Illinois
|We only see the exterior of The Velvet Inn
The Blue Rose Motel has distinctive decor, including a room divider featuring glass blue roses (that Gordon Walker shatters), metallic blue swirl wall paper with a contrasting wall paper of blue diamonds, and a checked blue and white floor.
|2.11 Playthings|| Unnamed motel
The Pierpont Hotel (Room 237)
Room number also used in 1.18
There are a number of references to the Kubrick movie The Shining in both set dressing and visual style. Room 237 was a room containing much horror in the movie. The bar is a reproduction of the bar in the movie. The bedspread in the first motel is used again in 3.09 and 7.05 The Deer's Head appears in the second room.
The location is a heritage building in Vancouver – the Cenacle Convent. Tulk House - Rosemary
|2.12 Nightshifter||The Brew City Motel||Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|Beer theme room (featuring a beer bottle room divider!) Milwaukee is known for its breweries. Miller brewery being the most famous.|
|2.13 Houses of the Holy||The Big Ride (?) Inn (Text is hard to make out)||Providence, Rhode Island||Magic Fingers first seen in this hotel. Also seen in 3.04, 4.13, 6.02, and 13.20|
|2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign||Larson's Landing Motel||Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Otter Creek, Iowa Duluth, Minnesota Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Fishing theme. Fish and tackle room divider.|
|2.15 Tall Tales||King's Lair Hotel||Springfield, Ohio||Grand decor for a grand name.|
|2.16 Roadkill||None||Highway 41, Nevada||Bedding re-used: 2.14, 4.06, 5.01|
|2.17 Heart||The China Sea Motel||San Francisco, California||An "attempt" (as cheap motels do) at an oriental theme.|
|2.18 Hollywood Babylon||None||Los Angeles, California|
|2.19 Folsom Prison Blues||Little Rock, Arkansas Green River County Detention Center||Little Rock, Arkansas||Prison theme|
|2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be||The Joliet Motel||Joliet, Illinois||Wall fixture used in 2.08|
|2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One||Sam taken to Cold Oak, South Dakota.||Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Cold Oak, South Dakota
|2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two||The boys start out in an abandoned house or cabin, and then Bobby's house||Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Cold Oak, South Dakota